Melvin Java, 46, Arrested For The Murder Of Marcelino Valerio, 80

Published on October 05, 2023, 10:59 pm
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On Sunday, September 17, 2023, at approximately 0110 hours, while on patrol, police heard shots fired at the intersection of W. 168th Street and Ogden Avenue, located within the confines of the 44th Precinct in the Bronx.

Upon arrival, officers observed a 80-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head.

EMS responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Following proper family notification, the deceased has been identified as indicated.


Marcelino Valerio
address withheld
Bronx, NY 10452

Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, the following 46-year-old male individual was arrested and charged on Thursday, October 05, 2023, at approximately 1410 hours within the confines of the 44th Precinct.

Melvin Java
address withheld
Reading, PA 19601


  • murder;
  • manslaughter;
  • criminal possession of a weapon.

The investigation remains ongoing.

All charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1800577TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 188857PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stopperswebsite or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All tips will be kept strictly confidential.


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